The theme of grace permeates Paul’s writings. Paul experienced God’s empowering grace for ministry. Paul did not feel worthy of the great honor bestowed upon him. Preaching the Gospel was a wonderful gift, a grace in that it was unmerited favor from God. Paul felt overwhelmed by the pouring out of God’s grace on one who violently persecuted the Church of the Lord. Paul said grace was given to him; he did not and could not obtain it on his own.
One who seeks to tell the story of Jesus is one will be one who never forgets his lost condition outside of Christ. We will live as Paul did with a profound sense of humble gratitude to God. Paul sought to draw attention to the power of God and God’s willingness to use someone like him to preach the gospel to others. It was to him an unfathomable gift.
We realize that we need God’s grace to empower us. Paul ties grace and power together in verse 7. The might power of God (Eph. 1;19-20) provides sufficient strength for weak, fragile, ordinary people as they make the glories of Christ known.
-Larry Miles, August 17, 2015
Camp Cilca, IL